Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom

Locations ofSymphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom
Common Name
Heart-leaved Aster, Blue Wood Aster
Aster cordifolius L.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Symphyotrichum cordifolium (L.) Nesom
Symphyotrichum ×schistosum (Steele) Nesom, the putative hybrid of S. cordifolium and S. laeve, is known only from shale substrates in Virginia, the type specimen collected near Millboro, Bath County. Specimens matching the description of schistosum have recently been collected at several sites in Bath and Augusta counties, including at the type locality. These plants possess the characteristically long, slender stolons and rootstocks seen in the type material and described by Steele (1911) as well as the scarcely cordate to truncate or rounded bases on the lower leaves. This taxon merits further investigation. See S. lowrieanum for further comments about the taxonomy of S. cordifolium, S. laeve, S. lowrieanum, and S. ×schistosum.
Mesic to dry upland forests, woodlands, and shaded road banks; tolerant of a range of soil chemistries. Common in the mountains; frequent in the Piedmont; infrequent to rare in the Coastal Plain.
Native Status

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